Polaroid Stops Making Instant Film

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Polaroid Stops Making Instant Film

Post by Methious » Sun Feb 10, 2008 12:35 am

RIP instant film, my first camera was a Polaroid Land Camera back in the mid 60s.

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The heart of Polaroid's past business, the iconic instant developing film which debuted in 1948, is about to be retired.
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Re: Polaroid Stops Making Instant Film

Post by Bio-Hazard » Sun Feb 10, 2008 7:53 am

About time I must say.................. :lol:

The last time I used one of those things, I was getting shot at over in the first Gulf War........................ :mrgreen:

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Re: Polaroid Stops Making Instant Film

Post by New_age » Sun Feb 10, 2008 9:57 am

They arestill pretty useful for some people.I wonder why they are stopping it.

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Re: Polaroid Stops Making Instant Film

Post by campbell » Sun Feb 10, 2008 10:15 am

Never needed to use this for myself though. :mrgreen:

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Post by bubba » Sun Feb 10, 2008 11:26 am

about fricken time. I wonder if insurance companies will change how they want pictures of stuff. We have one at work purely for insurance pictures of wrecked machines. They don't want digital or even 35mm as they say it can be 'altered'.
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Re: Polaroid Stops Making Instant Film

Post by Leo » Sun Feb 10, 2008 12:29 pm

Yeah their "1 Minute Passport Photo" is still very much useful.I don't think, no other camera can produce instant photo like them.Bad that they are shutting it down. :(

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Re: Polaroid Stops Making Instant Film

Post by T-Shirt » Sun Feb 10, 2008 2:26 pm

New_age wrote:They arestill pretty useful for some people.I wonder why they are stopping it.
Pretty hard to compete with digital cameras and ink-jet or better yet, dye sublimation printers.
between the cost to manufacture and the environmental waste of Polaroids, I'm surprised they lasted this long.
Film (except for professionals and hobbyists) is becoming rare/hard to find too.

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Re: Polaroid Stops Making Instant Film

Post by T-Shirt » Sun Feb 10, 2008 2:35 pm

Leo wrote:Yeah their "1 Minute Passport Photo" is still very much useful.I don't think, no other camera can produce instant photo like them.Bad that they are shutting it down. :(
with a digital camera/dye sub setup you can now get 30second :lol: passport photos, even our local grocery store has this now, as well as 2 kodak DIY print stations. (Just remodeled but not that big an Albertsons) the whole thing takes less space then the photo counter it replaces (they STILL do one hour and overnight film still, but that's down to 1 or 2 drawers at the counter, used to be 10 or 12 drawers, plus alot of counter space, envelopes, and racks of film.

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Re: Polaroid Stops Making Instant Film

Post by tomato » Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:09 am

Sad news, but it was long overdue. The past is the past, time to move on. The digital age has arrived :P
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Post by vicaphit » Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:35 pm

I never liked polaroid pictures. They fade faster, and you can't reprint them... You know those brown strips you get with your 35mm film? yeah, you can take that to the nearest film developer anytime you want and get reprints!

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Post by inko1nsiderate » Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:43 pm

vicaphit wrote:I never liked polaroid pictures. They fade faster, and you can't reprint them... You know those brown strips you get with your 35mm film? yeah, you can take that to the nearest film developer anytime you want and get reprints!

My mother has all of her negatives stored in her safety deposit box just in case something happens to the originals.
Yeah but it was really cool to just take a picture, shake it for a few minutes, and hang it up wherever you want instantly. But with digital cameras, it is outdated.


Oh well, now when I am an old grumpy man I will have great stories how about in my day we had these things called polaroids...

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Post by DMB2000uk » Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:11 pm

inko1nsiderate wrote:
vicaphit wrote:I never liked polaroid pictures. They fade faster, and you can't reprint them... You know those brown strips you get with your 35mm film? yeah, you can take that to the nearest film developer anytime you want and get reprints!

My mother has all of her negatives stored in her safety deposit box just in case something happens to the originals.
Yeah but it was really cool to just take a picture, shake it for a few minutes, and hang it up wherever you want instantly. But with digital cameras, it is outdated.


Oh well, now when I am an old grumpy man I will have great stories how about in my day we had these things called polaroids...
Haha, the shaking of them never did anything as the film over the photo's stopped the air getting to whatever it was that developed them. Everyone just seemed to do it anyway :P

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Post by stev » Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:46 pm

DMB2000uk wrote:
inko1nsiderate wrote:
vicaphit wrote:I never liked polaroid pictures. They fade faster, and you can't reprint them... You know those brown strips you get with your 35mm film? yeah, you can take that to the nearest film developer anytime you want and get reprints!

My mother has all of her negatives stored in her safety deposit box just in case something happens to the originals.
Yeah but it was really cool to just take a picture, shake it for a few minutes, and hang it up wherever you want instantly. But with digital cameras, it is outdated.


Oh well, now when I am an old grumpy man I will have great stories how about in my day we had these things called polaroids...
Haha, the shaking of them never did anything as the film over the photo's stopped the air getting to whatever it was that developed them. Everyone just seemed to do it anyway :P

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We never shook them either, but around our part of the country everyone either held them up above their heads facing the sun or in a room near the light bulbs hoping that the development time became shorter. :rolleyes:
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Post by T-Shirt » Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:44 am

DMB2000uk wrote: Yeah but it was really cool to just take a picture, shake it for a few minutes, and hang it up wherever you want instantly. But with digital cameras, it is outdated.


Oh well, now when I am an old grumpy man I will have great stories how about in my day we had these things called polaroids...
Haha, the shaking of them never did anything as the film over the photo's stopped the air getting to whatever it was that developed them. Everyone just seemed to do it anyway :P

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Actually, the early polaroids didn't have a plastic film over them, the shaking was to dry the developer, and then they had a little spongebar/squeege to apply a sealer (varnish?? shellac?? something with a real strong smelling solvent) I have a few family photo polariods from the late 50's early 60's (black and white, of course) that are still sharp and clear.

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Re: Polaroid Stops Making Instant Film

Post by ZhengHe » Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:05 am

The instant film was nice while it lasted, but you really can't expect them to continue producing it when it was causing them to lose money. As for professional photographers they generally use higher quality equipment and film if they haven't already switched to digital. Frankly a lot of them have. Still, it will be strange when actual film becomes a relic that they show off in museums.

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Re: Polaroid Stops Making Instant Film

Post by Sporg » Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:25 am

Man, this changes the guys doing the party pics in the bars. We had a going away party for a buddy when I lived in Denver. Lets just say we got some decent talent. While we did have a digi cam, the polaroids are a great memory.
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Post by DMB2000uk » Tue Feb 12, 2008 1:40 pm

T-Shirt wrote: Actually, the early polaroids didn't have a plastic film over them, the shaking was to dry the developer, and then they had a little spongebar/squeege to apply a sealer (varnish?? shellac?? something with a real strong smelling solvent) I have a few family photo polariods from the late 50's early 60's (black and white, of course) that are still sharp and clear.
heh, must have been a mentality that lasted for it's lifetime then.

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Re: Polaroid Stops Making Instant Film

Post by inko1nsiderate » Wed Feb 13, 2008 12:03 pm

DMB2000uk wrote:
T-Shirt wrote: Actually, the early polaroids didn't have a plastic film over them, the shaking was to dry the developer, and then they had a little spongebar/squeege to apply a sealer (varnish?? shellac?? something with a real strong smelling solvent) I have a few family photo polariods from the late 50's early 60's (black and white, of course) that are still sharp and clear.
heh, must have been a mentality that lasted for it's lifetime then.

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Really the shaking of the polaroid picture adds to my old man story to make technology of the 20th century seem ridiculous to them darn kids of the future.

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